TOP 10 BEST CHRISTMAS TOWNS AND CITIES TO VISIT
Breaks at Christmas
Make something special Christmas this year and go to one of these cities Christmas! Romantic lighting, snow and atmospheric decorations, these cities are extra special during the Christmas season! Even if it is dark and cold, Christmas brings a lot of heat and light along with it. It’s so romantic to walk through a city is illuminated with thousands of Christmas lights. The cities listed below not only have a nice Christmas, but especially so breathe a very festive atmosphere during the Christmas season. CNN and Forbes made lists of the best places to celebrate Christmas and I picked out the best for you and you explain why you especially at Christmas to go to these cities …
1. Rovaniemi, Finland
Where else can you celebrate Christmas better than in the hometown of Santa Claus ?! in Rovaniemiis the home of Santa and miraculously he knows to make time despite all the Christmas rush for the tourists. The village of Santa Claus ‘Village Santa Claus’ is magically illuminated. Not only during Christmas but all year round. Especially in the winter months it is incredibly atmospheric. White snow on the roofs, the icy cold and the warm lights give the city a unique atmosphere. Because you stay in Finnish Lapland, you have also a great chance to see the Northern Lights! The surroundings are wonderfully nice and real winters. Other attractions in Rovaniemi are Rauna Zoo, home to polar bears, the Sirmakko reindeer farm, where you can do a sled safari with reindeer and the Arktikum, a science center where the mystery of the Northern Lights is revealed. Obviously can not miss a trip through the snow with huskies during your trip! Rent a small wooden house in the snowy forest and enjoy a real winter.
2. New York, Amerika
“These streets will make you feel brand new, big lights will inspire you”, New Yorksung by Alicia Keys. When I heard the song, I get the itch again. What a great city! New York is always a good idea, but especially around the Christmas super special. The streets are well lit and the windows of the shops festively decorated. Rockefeller Center has long been the center of Christmas. The ice rink has become a real tradition and thinking not leave for more than 77 years from the wintry New York. The giant Christmas tree is a 80 year tradition. Opposite Rockefeller Center is the annual “Christmas Spectacular” held with the Rockettes starring. In the southwest corner of Central Park is a huge “Holiday Market” where clothes, souvenirs, snacks and drinks are sold. In addition, the ponds often fit in Central Park to skate (because it can be quite cold in New York) and are driving carriages with horses through the park. In other words, New York is simply ‘the place to be during the holidays. Especially with old and new. It is truly spectacular!
3. Nuremberg, Germany
More than 2 million visitors come every year to the Nuremberg Christmas Market. And that says something, because unlike the dozens of Christmas markets are in Germany, the Nuremberg Christmas market is different. Here are still sold only handmade products and toys. No mass production, but craftsmanship. Highlights include a huge carved wooden Ferris wheel, an old-fashioned carousel and steam train. The market stalls are all decorated and furnished with great care, because a prize is awarded to the best stall. Other major attractions include the Toy Museum and the German Railway. For the adults there is delicious spicy gingerbread and hot mulled wine. Nuremberg itself is a very nice city.
5. Reykjavik, Iceland
Reykjavik has some peculiar Christmas celebrations where “13 Yuletide Lads” is one of them. Loosely translated it means “13 nasty Santas.” They would give the 13 nights for Christmas fun gifts to children. Reykjavik is romantically lit during Advent weeks and because it is in the long dark winter months, the lights burn for many hours. Rows of small, beautiful huts set the stage for the Yule Town Christmas market where you gifts, decorations and treats can buy. The market is different every day because their craftsmen stand up sometimes only for one day. With luck, there is a thick layer of snow in the city and see you again the Northern Lights! Stay also hang in the city to Old and New. The special feature of Reykjavik that are made in the city of joy fires everywhere. These bonfires are one of Iceland’s oldest traditions. This continues until January 6! On this day, the closure of the holidays place by building a huge bonfire.
6. Strasbourg, France
Strasbourg was held in 1570, Europe’s first Christmas. It was then called Christkindelsmärik, ofterwijl market of Infant Jesus. Strasbourg Christmas market is therefore Europe’s oldest Christmas! That is also the reason that Strasbourg is called “the Capital of Christmas”. Set Christmas villages in the city give you the idea that you came up in winter wonderland. The whole town has the atmosphere of Christmas and there are various concerts and events. In addition, the city anyway because of the attractive historic houses in the city. Especially when they are covered with a layer of snow here is super romantic.
7. Valkenburg, Netherlands
What a surprise that Valkenburg named by CNN as one of the best places in the world to celebrate Christmas. And that is not without reason. The whole town is lit with Christmas romantic, but above the cave shine like never before during the holidays. The marl caves transform itself into a big Christmas. Everything is romantically lit, candles are lit, there are many Christmas stalls and all underground. A unique experience that not gone unnoticed abroad. The center of Valkenburg, with its historical houses and the castle on the hill, is anyway nice to visit. so do this especially during the holidays! Or combine your trip to Valkenburg always beautiful Maastricht (a tip as winter break).
8. Barcelona, Spain
Christmas is celebrated in Spain. Christmas Eve celebration with the Spanish family. There is much eaten and the evening ends with some turrón mazapanes and then go to midnight mass. Also at the many restaurants in Barcelona you can enjoy a full Christmas dinner. Special rinks are being installed in the city during the holidays, to give the city a winter atmosphere. The largest and most popular is on Plaça Catalunya. The oldest, largest and most traditional Christmas in Barcelona is the Fira de Santa Llúcia. There are over 300 attractively lit booths. The musical parade will take you all the way into the Christmas mood. Unlike the German Christmas markets you will not find here mulled wine but Spanish delicacies such as turrón, polvorones, mazapanes and Neulas.
9. Copenhagen, Denmark
The Danes love the Christmas season or ‘Jul’ as you say on his Danish. The Christmas season is a great time to spend in Denmark. The Danes are there early and often begin in November with all the Christmas celebrations. Good food with traditional Danish delicacies and friendliness are central in this period. Real typical Danish Christmas traditions are the red and white paper hearts and singing around a Christmas tree with real candles. The capital Copenhagen is richly decorated during the holidays. Especially the Tivoli park is a winter fairy tale. Millions of lights indicate normal modest park a magical atmosphere. There are Christmas stalls, reindeer, music and nostalgic attractions.
10. Boston, Amerika
Boston is a city filled with British influences and is especially evident during the Christmas period. Beacon Hill is still festively lit with real gaslampjes but during the cold and dark days this looks super nice. Faneuil Hall is the centerpiece of the Christmas festivities. There is showing off a huge decorated Christmas tree in the square. In the market hall itself is free entertainment and great opportunity that you bump into Santa Claus. Furthermore, you can do in Boston insanely good Christmas shopping.